thoughts of food

Meat grown from cells moves out of the lab

A very cool development in cultured meat. Still, lots of work to be done: “At least eight startups are building or operating pilot production plants to try to drive the price of production down. Cultured meat still costs $400 to […]

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A short history of yogurt

This post is on a microbiology blog, so bacteria take center stage. “Human consumption of fermented milk likely goes back thousands of years to the dawn of civili­zation, when milk-producing animals were first domesticated. The reason seems obvious, without refrigeration […]

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A withdrawal from the remote Arctic seed bank in Svalbard

Staff who abandoned their agricultural research facility in Syria amidst the civil war, “became the first—and remain the only—depositors to make a withdrawal from Svalbard, combing the stacks for tens of thousands of samples and shipping them to new ancillary […]

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HelloFresh acquires Factor75

Factor was my first ever angel investment in 2016. I’ve been reminding people (and myself) since then that I don’t know if I’m any good at investing, but to check in with me in 2026. I still don’t know, but […]

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Eating as dialogue, food as technology

The modern view of food as building blocks & fuel misses part of the picture. “[D]eep in the detailed pages of journals such as Cell Host & Microbe and Nature Reviews Endocrinology, a profound transformation is occurring in scientific ideas […]